Image: Leaellynasaura skull cast

Leaellynasaura skull cast

Leaellynasaura amicagraphica skull (cast), showing eye socket and brain with optic lobe clearly visible. Original fossil found Dinosaur Cove, Victoria, Early Cretaceous, 106 million years ago.

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This species had enlarged eyes and optic lobes, typical of living animals with good night-vision. These may have been adaptations for surviving the dark polar winters in Victoria during the Early Cretaceous.

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